Airstrikes hit Syria's Idlib province, the last remaining rebel stronghold
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 09, 2018,
Sep 09, 2018, 8:02
That effort claims to seek the "establishment of a stable, non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians and the global community", a government that would not have current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as its leader.
The intense air raids came a day after Iran and Russian Federation backed a military campaign in the rebel-held area despite Turkey's pleas for a ceasefire.
Iraq's state-run Sabah newspaper reported that Erdogan said the next summit will be in Russian Federation, asserting that Ankara will not spare any effort to achieve stability in the region.
"The three powers did not fully close the door on the chances of a diplomatic resolution in Idlib, and their joint statement said they had agreed the Syrian war could only end through a negotiated political process". Russian warplane were already bombing the region, which holds about 70,000 opposition fighters and 2 million Syrian civilians, in recent days.
Instead, the U.S. military once again warned against a government offensive on the province, which is largely controlled by extremists, including the Al Qaeda affiliate known as Tahrir al-Sham (former Al Nusra Front), which it claimed would lead to a "humanitarian disaster".
"If it's a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry". "So that is a scenario Turkey wants to prevent and relies on Russia's support".
Demonstrators in the northwestern province also denounced the summit in Tehran.
It is the last stronghold of the rebels and jihadists who have fought the Syrian authorities for the past seven years.
On Thursday, Ibrahim Karagol, a columnist closely linked to Erdogan, was more direct.
"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province". Turkey considers the PKK a terrorist group.
Dunford has warned about the potential for a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib and instead has recommended more narrowly tailored operations against militants there.
One small source of comfort is the Turkish military presence in Idlib. Turkish tanks are also being deployed on the enclave's border, ostensibly to deal with a refugee exodus. But he pushes back against the notion that the Syrian conflict does not affect Virginians, citing the USA troop presence in the Middle East, including troops from Virginia. -Turkish relations deteriorate. Ties have been strained in part over Turkey's detention of a USA pastor whose release the United States has demanded.
He also underlined the necessity of using national currencies in bilateral business transactions, and called for a revision to Iran-Turkey preferential trade agreement. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the accusation.
On Saturday, dozens of Russian air raids hit southern and southeastern areas of Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.
Elsewhere, Russia has warned that it will attack At Tanf, a key USA stronghold near the border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq, to root out militant troops in the area. He was confident that if Western countries worked together with Russia, Syrian opposition members would have been separated from terrorists a long time ago.
"We all came to protest to say that we will not back down and will not return to the era of [President] Bashar Assad", said Abdurazzaq Awwad, a father-of-one in Idlib city. According to the Russian deputy envoy, he pointed out at the meeting that when the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 was being developed, "an understanding was reached that there is no place for terrorism in Syria".
"It's like trying to save the house as it's burning down", he said.